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boggler25 May 2019 1:09 p.m. PST

I've made some small scale splash markers for my 1/2400th scale ironclad and pre-dreadnought games and also for 1/3000th scale WW2 naval games:





How to on the blog:


Shagnasty Supporting Member of TMP25 May 2019 1:39 p.m. PST

Very nice! I made some for my Commemorative Jutland game but they were not as good.

Personal logo ColCampbell Supporting Member of TMP25 May 2019 1:50 p.m. PST

I did something similar for my 1:2400 pre-dreadnoughts but didn't cover the screws, just painted them white. link

Of course I was going to go back and put some filler on them, but have I? Noooo. And it has only been 8-1/2 years.

Boggler, what did you use to coat the screws to simulate the water splash?



torokchar Supporting Member of TMP25 May 2019 3:28 p.m. PST

Great idea – nice.

Personal logo Editor in Chief Bill The Editor of TMP Fezian25 May 2019 4:17 p.m. PST

thumbs up

khanscom25 May 2019 6:02 p.m. PST

Agree with all the above-- those look great!

VCarter Supporting Member of TMP25 May 2019 8:09 p.m. PST

Yes, very good job. I've been trying to figure out how to do it and now I know.


Sgt Slag25 May 2019 8:27 p.m. PST

Look fantastic! Modelling Paste will work, but I, too, am curious what the OP used, as it has really nice texture. Cheers!

hindsTMP Supporting Member of TMP25 May 2019 9:16 p.m. PST

From his blog: "then texturing with a mix of filler, PVA, acrylic paste and my new discovery, artist's textured gel, for that frothy plume effect".


BillyNM25 May 2019 9:42 p.m. PST

Thanks, a useful tip about the artists' textured gel – I'll have to try some. I made mine out of green-stuff for my 1/2400 Russo-Japanese fleets but they're not as nice as yours. In 1/1200 I use golf tees for Fletcher Pratt games just because it recreates that old school gaming.

d88mm1940 Supporting Member of TMP25 May 2019 11:37 p.m. PST

These look nice!
I made mine out of pipe cleaners. After you apply paint, you can tease the bristles upwards. I also painted a few in colors to simulate the different Japanese dyes that they used. I have red, yellow, blue, and green.

boggler26 May 2019 1:10 a.m. PST

The bulk of the blob is a mix of filler, acrylic paste and PVA glue, to hold it all together. You need to apply a couple of layers of this gloop to hide the screw threads.

I then brushed on some of the texture gel but you could just paint on PVA and dip then in sand? After that I sealed them a bit with a brush on layer of acrylic paste. It sounds like a lot of effort but it's pretty quick.


Bozkashi Jones26 May 2019 3:00 a.m. PST

Really nice Boggler! I've tried this before but wasn't happy with the results, so your advice on a mix is really useful.

And great blog too :)


Texas Jack26 May 2019 3:11 a.m. PST

Those are really nice! I just set up my annual Tsushima game, including my thumb tacks with cotton glued to them. Maybe next year something more representative like this would be better. It is a step up from the golf tees though. :)

boggler26 May 2019 7:59 a.m. PST

Thanks chaps

vicmagpa103 Jun 2019 5:38 p.m. PST


mysteron Supporting Member of TMP04 Jun 2019 1:21 a.m. PST

Ingenious . I like ideas like this as they are outside the box so to speak . Well done !

ptdockyard11 Jun 2019 9:32 a.m. PST

Beats golf tees…….very nice

Grimmnar13 Jul 2019 8:55 p.m. PST


Why does it beat golf tees?
Are there examples to compare to?
I can see golf tees working well.


4th Cuirassier22 Jul 2019 10:32 a.m. PST

I have never found a source to tell me how tall these splashes should be for a given gun calibre. Apparently there was no missing the difference between an 11" and a 15" splash.

ptdockyard23 Jul 2019 6:14 p.m. PST


Golf tees beat nothing and are cheap. They are a little too uniform for my tastes and do not always stand up on carpet.


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